Teachers’ Educational Resources
- Sea Turtle and Conservation Books
- Sea Turtle Information & Lesson Plans. Many of these sites have accredited lesson plans for K-12.
- Endangered Species Resources
- Global Warming: effects on sea turtles, oceans and beaches
- General Resources
- Interactive Quizzes & Games
*There is a modified version of these resources on our Kid-Friendly Resource page.
Sea Turtle & Conservation Books
Reading is Fundamental Story Sampler:
An excellent resource created on a book-based thematic approach for ages 5-12. The site offers suggestions for sea turtle stories exploring pre-activities, hands-on activities and community action.
Sea World provides a list of books for young readers:
Sea Turtle Information & Lesson Plans
Academic Kids (for older kids)has general information on sea turtles. Embedded within the text is relevant vocabulary that links directly to a definition. http://academickids.com/encyclopedia/index.php/
Bridge has many links that relate to ocean and marine life topics and lesson plans for K-12 http://www.vims.edu/bridge/
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation has been teaching the world about sea turtles for many years and provides many sea turtle facts and photos http://www.cccturtle.org/turtletides.php and a free online educational guide on sea turtle migration and satellite tracking.
National Geographic offers free teacher lessons and material http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/ & specific lessons on Leatherbacks: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/09/gk2/migrationturtles.html
National Marine Fisheries Service: “The Kid’s Time” has information on all species of sea turtles http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/education/kids_times_turtle_loggerhead.pdf
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association NOAA has wonderful resources for all videos and materials about the ocean http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/welcome.html
Accredited lesson plan for grades 2-8 focusing on the threats hatchling turtles face and survival of the species: “Endangered Marine Turtles” with game, “The Race”.
Save the Turtles, Inc www.saveturtles.org (yes, this is us) and we have great photos, sea turtle information and our education global connection.
Sea Turtle Organization: Great resource for turtle information, the Marine News letter, information on the Annual Turtle Symposiums, and a wonderful image library: http://www.seaturtle.org/
University of South Florida & Florida Marine Research Institute: “Project Oceanography” http://www.marine.usf.edu/pjocean/packets/f02/f02u1.pdf has sea turtle lessons with objectives across the curriculum. Advanced levels:(science and math)
National Geographic: Accredited lesson plan on Endangered Species (offers K-12) http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/
International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources: http://www.iucnredlist.org/
CLN http://www.cln.org/themes/endangered.html offers many themes and lessons plans.
Global Warming: effects on sea turtles, oceans and beaches
Environmental Protection Agency: http://epa.gov/climatechange/effects/coastal/SLRLandUse.html
National Geographic http://www.nationalgeographic.com/seamonsters/timeline/#introduction has a wonderful interactive time line: This is a fabulous site, bringing students into the different time periods and allows them to view animals in 3D!
Division of Fish and Wildlife…Government of the Virgin Islands: Excellent graphic which can be enlarged to show sea turtle anatomy such as scutes, carapace, prefrontal scales, etc. “Identification Key of Sea Turtles of Americas”
Extinction resources: Photos and information
Conservation International http://www.conservation.org/FMG/Articles/Pages/01180802.aspx explores the problems sea turrles face due to plastic debris.
Great Pacific Garbage Patch http://www.bbcleaningservice.com/great-pacific-garbage-patch.html (Thank you David and Mrs. Lowe’s 5th Grade class in Aurora, Colorado for informing us about the above link regarding pollution in the ocean).
Interactive Games & Quizzes
NOAA has fantastic, amazing interactive games on many levels to learn about sea turtles’ survival. http://games.noaa.gov/seaturtle/
Caribbean Conservation Corporation:
Games & Quizzes: http://www.cccturtle.org/turtletides.php?page=games